Is "Pacific Rim" the Next "World War Z?"

Good news, Time Warner (NYSE: TWX  ) investors. After suffering a run of bad numbers, buzz is finally building for Pacific Rim, director Guillermo Del Toro's giant robots vs. monsters epic that cost as much as $200 million to make.

Plenty is it stake for Warner and financing partner Legendary Pictures, says Fool contributor Tim Beyers in the following video. Why? Both studios need a new franchise to bank on. The fact that 75% of critics who've seen Pacific Rim rate it as "fresh"-- better than the 67% accorded to surprise hit World War Z -- suggests the film could enjoy a decent run in theaters.

But will it be as big a winner as the zombie thriller? According to Box Office Mojo, Viacom's (NASDAQ: VIAB  ) Paramount Studios has earned more than $370 million in worldwide grosses from the film, which has enjoyed uncommon staying power after last weekend's gate drop of just 38%, when 50% or more is typical. Getting even within spitting distance of that performance would be a win for Del Toro, Legendary, and Time Warner investors, Tim says.

Do you like the odds of Pacific Rim outperforming? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take, and then leave a comment to let us know whether you plan to see the film.

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  • Report this Comment On July 12, 2013, at 10:29 PM, Mentallect wrote:

    Great Movie. I just came from Pacific Rim, and it was a good movie. I give it a slight edge over WWZ, but I also liked Z.

  • Report this Comment On July 13, 2013, at 9:47 PM, missshy1980 wrote:

    I thought it was a great movie..and thought it was alot better than WWZ sorry..but again im not the biggest fan of Brad Pitt either

  • Report this Comment On July 13, 2013, at 10:16 PM, RHO1953 wrote:

    I saw it last night. It sucks. A big disappointment. Full of silly cliches and cliched characters. Too many long, tedious fight scenes with Godzilla-like soundtrack over the top. It could have been a good movie but I was looking at my watch with an hour to go, hoping for it to be over.

  • Report this Comment On July 13, 2013, at 10:30 PM, TMFBreakerRob wrote:

    Saw WWZ, saw PR.

    Loved the WWZ book, enjoyed the movie.

    PR? It's "OK". First action movie I've watched where the action finally seemed to drag. As one poster put it, it started to get tedious. Meh....

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